Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Sperm Attraction, Activation, and Acrosome Reaction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Noritaka Hirohashi, Yoko Iwata, Warwick H. H. Sauer, Yasutaka Kakiuchi
      Pages 13-21 Open Access
    3. Mei Matsuzaki, Gen Hiyama, Shusei Mizushima, Kogiku Shiba, Kazuo Inaba, Tomohiro Sasanami
      Pages 23-29 Open Access
    4. Lindsey Burnett, Hitoshi Sugiyama, Catherine Washburn, Allan Bieber, Douglas E. Chandler
      Pages 31-48 Open Access
    5. Kazuo Inaba, Katsutoshi Mizuno, Kogiku Shiba
      Pages 49-57 Open Access
    6. C. L. Treviño, G. Orta, D. Figueiras-Fierro, J. L. De la Vega-Beltran, G. Ferreira, E. Balderas et al.
      Pages 59-84 Open Access
    7. Chizuru Ito, Kenji Yamatoya, Kiyotaka Toshimori
      Pages 85-95 Open Access
    8. Eriko Takayama-Watanabe, Tomoe Takahashi, Misato Yokoe, Akihiko Watanabe
      Pages 97-103 Open Access
    9. Miho Miyakawa, Shuntaro Shigihara, Gosuke Zukeran, Tetsutaro Tomioka, Tasuku Yoshino, Kuniko Akama
      Pages 105-112 Open Access
  3. Gametogenesis, Gamete Recognition, Activation, and Evolution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Luigia Santella, Nunzia Limatola, Jong Tai Chun
      Pages 141-155 Open Access
    3. Takashi W. Ijiri, Jun-ichi Kishikawa, Hiromi Imamura, Yasuhiro Iwao, Ken Yokoyama, Ken-ichi Sato
      Pages 181-186 Open Access
    4. Tatsuma Mohri, Keiichiro Kyozuka
      Pages 187-197 Open Access

About these proceedings


This book contains the proceedings of the International Symposium on the Mechanisms of Sexual Reproduction in Animals and Plants, where many plant and animal reproductive biologists gathered to discuss their recent progress in investigating the shared mechanisms and factors involved in sexual reproduction. This now is the first book that reviews recent progress in almost all fields of plant and animal fertilization. It was recently reported that the self-sterile mechanism of a hermaphroditic marine invertebrate (ascidian) is very similar to the self-incompatibility system in flowering plants. It was also found that a male factor expressed in the sperm cells of flowering plants is involved in gamete fusion not only of plants but also of animals and parasites. These discoveries have led to the consideration that the core mechanisms or factors involved in sexual reproduction may be shared by animals, plants and unicellular organisms. This valuable book is highly useful for reproductive biologists as well as for biological scientists outside this field in understanding the current progress of reproductive biology. 



Animal Gamete fusion Plant Reproduction Self-incompatibility

Editors and affiliations

  • Hitoshi Sawada
    • 1
  • Naokazu Inoue
    • 2
  • Megumi Iwano
    • 3
  1. 1.Sugashima Marine Biological LaboratoryNagoya UniversityTobaJapan
  2. 2.Department of Cell ScienceFukushima Medical UniversityFukushimaJapan
  3. 3.Graduate School of Biological SciencesNara Institute of Science and TechnologyIkomaJapan

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